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  • Regional Haze Updates  - 

    On September 11, 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the Regional Haze Reform Roadmap, which directs EPA staff to take certain actions to ensure adequate support for states to enable timely and effective »

  • ADEQ's VESP Program  - 

    The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) offers a variety of programs to Arizona's businesses in order to support environmental programs at their location. One program that organizations can take advantage of which not only supports »

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British Columbia

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  • NEW RULE - Registration Requirements for Equipment Subject to California's Oil and Gas Regulation  - 

    In the Summer of 2019, the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) will be holding a public hearing to discuss a proposed new rule. This new rule will pertain to registration requirements for equipment subject to California's Oil and »

  • BAAQMD Amends Refinery Rules  - 

    On January 9, 2019, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) published amendments to three of its regulations relevant to refinery operations. Amendments were made to Regulation 6, Rule 5: Particulate Emissions from Refinery Fluidized »

  • BAAQMD Adopts AB 617 Expedited BARCT Implementation Schedule  - 

    During the December 19, 2018, public hearing, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) adopted the Expedited Best Available Retrofit Control Technology (BARCT) Implementation Schedule required by Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617). AB 617 »

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  • Updated LDAR Annual Report Form and Guidance Document  - 

    CDPHE published an updated leak detection and repair (LDAR) annual form in December 2018, which addresses new annual reporting requirements in accordance with the November 2017 update to CDPHE's Regulation  7, Section XVII.F (statewide) and the »

  • 2019 Condensate Tank Reporting Spreadsheet  - 

    The latest version of the Regulation 7 Condensate Tank Reporting Spreadsheets are now available on the CDPHE APCD Website.The condensate tank reporting spreadsheet is for reporting tanks that are subject to the system-wide control strategy »

  • Proposed One-Year Extension to Reclassification for DMNFR NAA  - 

    You may have read in a recent Federal Register that the EPA is proposing to grant a one-year extension before classifying the Denver Metro North Front Range (DMNFR) ozone nonattainment area (NAA) from moderate to serious. This is based on 2017 being »

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  • Connecticut Enacts Two Major Climate Change Laws  - 

    Governor Malloy recently signed two new state laws addressing clean energy and adaptation to climate impacts on June 20, 2018. SB 9 increases the state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 40% by 2030 and extends a number of clean energy »

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  • DNREC Proposes Changes to Carbon Dioxide Budget Trading Program  - 

    On August 8, 2018, the Delaware Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control (DNREC) proposed updates to their Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Budget Trading Program codified in Title 7 of the Delaware Administrative Code of Regulations (7 DE »

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  • Illinois Hazardous Waste Updates (RCRA Subtitle C)  - 

    The Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) has proposed amendments to the current Illinois hazardous waste rules on July 26, 2018 that are identical-in-substance to the RCRA Subtitle C amendments adopted by the United States Environmental »

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  • IDNR Fee Advisory Group Meeting  - 

    IDNR will be holding the annual Fee Advisory Group Meetings on January 29, 2019 at 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The Major Source group will be meeting at 9:30 a.m., the Minor Source group will meet at 1:00 p.m., and the Asbestos group will »

  • Updated Name for the Online Permit System  - 

    Work is underway on the new online permit application system that is expected to be in place by December 1, 2019. IDNR has renamed the system from e-Application to Iowa Environmental Application System or EASY Air. The name change reflects IDNR's »

  • Proposed Air Quality Rules Comment Period Deadline Extended  - 

    The comment period and public hearing for the proposed air quality rule changes was moved to January 22, 2019. The air quality rule changes will incorporate revisions to EPA's air toxic standards and require electronic emissions reporting for Title »

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  • Kansas Tip of the Month - New Tier II Hazards  - 

    Ready for reporting season? Tier II reporting is required for any hazardous chemical substances for which your facility has 10,000 lbs or more on hand at any one time during the calendar year. Extremely hazardous substances (as specified in 40 CFR »

  • Kansas Tip of the Month - Annual Storm Water Inspections  - 

    As we enter December, make sure your facility has completed their annual storm water inspection requirements for 2018! If your facility is covered under KDHE's General NPDES permit, you are required to complete the following on an annual »

  • Kansas Tip of the Month - Training Reminder  - 

    As we near the end of the year, make sure your facility is up to date on environmental training! If your facility is subject to any of the following programs, you are required to regularly train all applicable employees at the frequencies noted:SPCC »

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  • Upcoming EPA Hazardous Waste Inspections in Kentucky  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to inspect numerous Kentucky facilities during the remainder of 2018 to evaluate compliance with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements. During the Meet with the Regulators »

  • Deep Dive into 401 KAR 63:020, Potentially Hazardous Matter or Toxic Substances  - 

    The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ) regulates potentially hazardous matter or toxic substances (commonly referred to as toxic air pollutants or “TAPs”) through 401 KAR 63:020. This regulation applies to each affected facility that emits or »

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  • LDEQ Proposes Revisions to the Water Quality Regulations  - 

    On January 20, 2019, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) published proposed revisions to the State's water quality regulations through two separate actions.Proposed Rule WQ099 seeks to establish and administer a water quality »

  • Update: Ozone and PM2.5 Significant Impact Levels  - 

    On August 1, 2016, the EPA proposed ozone (8-hour) and PM2.5 (24-hour and annual) Significant Impact Level (SILs). The EPA finalized the SILs with no changes from the proposed recommendations in a memorandum dated April 17, 2018 as shown below in »

  • LDEQ Proposes AQ380 Rule  - 

    On September 20, 2018, the LDEQ proposed the AQ380 "Project Emissions Accounting and Offset Requirements in Specified Parishes" rule to amend LAC 33:III.504 - Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Procedures and Offset Requirements in Specified »

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  • MEDEP Updates Title V/Part 70 Forms  - 

    On September 20, 2018, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) announced that it has updated forms for Title V/Part 70 applications to be processed under Chapter 140.The new forms have been streamlined to make them easier to »

  • MDEP Proposes Changes to Chapter 101: Visible Emissions Regulations  - 

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) is proposing changes to their Visible Emissions regulations in order to comply with a recent SIP call issued by the EPA. Chapter 101 was last updated in 2003 and includes up to two six-minute »

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  • Trinity and MCTA Presenting Air Compliance Program on November 29  - 

    Join us on November 29, 12:30-6pm for "Air Permitting & Compliance: What it Might Mean to You (and Your Neighbors)"The Trinity Boston office have been working with MCTA members to develop this program that also offers continuing education credits. »

  • MassDEP Updates TURA Regulations  - 

    A public hearing is scheduled for October 25, 2018 for proposed updates to the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) regulations. TURA requires some businesses to report on their annual use of toxic chemicals, conduct toxics use reduction planning, and pay »

  • MassDEP Updates their RGGI Regulations  - 

    On September 21, 2018, the MassDEP promulgated amendments to 310 CMR 7.70 - The Massachusetts CO2 Budget Trading Program, which implements the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The amendments establish the Massachusetts CO2 Budget through »

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  • MDEQ Accepting enHance Applications  - 

    MDEQ is accepting enHance applications for new members. enHance is a voluntary initiative to recognize environmental leaders in Mississippi. Participating organizations make a commitment to address and achieve on-going environmental improvements. If »

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  • Nebraska Tip of the Month - Aerosol Can Waste  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to "universal wastes" regulated under 40 CFR 273. This change is expected to:Ease regulatory burdens for persons who generate, transport, treat, recycle, or »

  • Nebraska Tip of the Month - Training Reminder  - 

    As we near the end of the year, make sure your facility is up to date on environmental training! If your facility is subject to any of the following programs, you are required to regularly train all applicable employees at the frequencies noted:SPCC »

  • Nebraska Tip of the Month - Requesting Trade Secrets  - 

    Does your facility claim any trade secrets in Tier II reports, TRI reports, etc.? If your answer is yes, make sure you are submitting the correct documentation! NDEQ released a new form this month (Form #18-031) which must be completed and submitted »

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New Hampshire

  • Proposed Amendments to Fuel Sulfur Content Limitations in Env-A 1600  - 

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) published proposed amendments to the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules - Env-A 1600: Fuel Specifications (NHAR Env-A 1600). The proposed amendments reduce sulfur limits in »

  • NOx RACT Update in New Hampshire  - 

    Env-A 1300 established Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements for stationary combustion sources that emit nitrogen oxides (NOx). The rule specifies emission standards and various reporting and recordkeeping requirements for a »

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New Jersey

  • NJDEP Proposed Revisions to the TCPA  - 

    The NJDEP is proposing changes to their Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act (TCPA) annual reporting. Currently, TCPA facilities are required to report extraordinarily hazardous substance (EHS) accidents only. Under the proposed plan, near misses will »

  • Reporting TAPS in your Annual Emission Statement in 2019  - 

    It's that time of the year to start planning for 2018 reports (due in 2019)! In accordance with N.J.A.C.7:27-21 (Emission Statement Rule), stationary resources in New Jersey need to report annually actual emissions of Carbon Monoxide (CO), Sulfur »

  • Quarterly NJDEP Industrial Stakeholders Group Meeting Update  - 

    On September 7, 2018, the NJDEP held its quarterly Industrial Stakeholders Group (ISG) meeting. The meeting covered a range of pertinent issues. Two key items that were discussed at this meeting were:Updates to the Risk Screening Worksheet, »

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New Mexico

  • GCP-O&G Transition Notification Deadline Fast Approaching  - 

    Have you submitted your intent to transition to the new GCP-O&G or a different permit type? The deadline to complete the Notification Form on the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau (AQB) website is January 27, 2019.As you »

  • Air Emission Inventories in New Mexico(1)  - 

    It's that time of year again… annual air emission inventory deadlines in New Mexico will be here before we know it.Bernalillo County SourcesAll major sources (Title V and synthetic minor sources) that are located within Bernalillo County limits are »

  • Updated Permit Application Fees in New Mexico  - 

    On November 27, 2018, the NMED released new application fees that will be effective January 1, 2019. The updated Fees are as follows:NSR Construction Permit FeesThe new NSR fee point is $419.The GCP & Streamline permit fee for new facilities is »

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North Carolina

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  • Air Quality Advisory Council Meeting Schedule Announced for 2019  - 

    The Oklahoma Air Quality Advisory Council Meeting schedule for the coming year has been announced. Following are the dates:January 16, 2019 - DEQ's Multipurpose Room in Oklahoma CityJune 19, 2019 - Tulsa Tech's Owasso Campus located at 10800 N 140th »

  • DEQ's Redbud Workshops  - 

    DEQ has announced the dates and locations for their annual emission inventory (Redbud) workshops:Wednesday, January 23, 2019, in Norman at the National Weather CenterWednesday, January 30, 2019, in Tulsa at the OU Schusterman CenterMore details and »

  • Notes from October 10th Air Quality Advisory Council Meeting  - 

    The final Air Quality Advisory Council (AQAC) meeting of 2018 had a full agenda. The first two rulemaking items, involving changes to VOC regulations in multiple areas of the Oklahoma Administrative Code, i.e., OAC 252:100-37 and 39, will be further »

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  • Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Volatile Organic Compounds (Petroleum Sector) - Updates  - 

    The proposed federal regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on May 27, 2017. The purpose of the federal regulation was to mandate the implementation of a leak detection and repair (LDAR) program in petroleum refiners and »

  • Odour Study Descriptions  - 

    Odour nuisance is a subject that is arising throughout North America, however the quantification of odour is still a complex subject. It is important for industry to know that odour can be both quantified and qualified. Odour is inherently a complex »

  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reporting - October 1  - 

    Important News on the GHG FrontPlease be aware the Ministry of Environment is in the "wind down" process of the cap-and-trade program - which is being eliminated under the new government. The amendments to the cap and trade regulations formally came »

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  • Cleaner Air Oregon Finalized  - 

    In a unanimous vote on Thursday, November 15, 2018, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) approved the Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) rules codified in Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-245. The Oregon toxics rulemaking process and program »

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Rhode Island

  • Friendly Reminder - Check Your Fuel-Oil Tickets for Sulfur Content  - 

    In 2018, each state in New England saw new rules come out for sulfur content in fuel oils. On or after July 1, 2018, it is illegal to sell, supply, offer for sale, store, deliver or exchange in trade fuels that do not meet the following sulfur »

  • RIDEM Proposes Revisions to Several Air Quality Regulations  - 

    On September 27, 2018, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) issued a notice of intent to revise the Air Pollution Control Regulations (APCRs) dealing with control of VOC.  More stringent VOC thresholds are proposed for the »

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South Dakota

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  • Enforcement Considerations by Utah Air Quality Board - January 2019  - 

    The Utah Air Quality Board held a working lunch meeting related to UDAQ's approach to enforcement and its penalty policy. This lunch meeting was a follow-up to the September 2018 AQB meeting, where the board had to vote on an enforcement case with a »

  • Utah PM2.5 Serious Nonattainment SIPs - Next Steps  - 

    Utah currently has three PM2.5 nonattainment areas with separate State Implementation Plans (SIPs). Each SIP is being developed and/or revised based on its attainment classification and area status. A summary of the status of each PM2.5 »

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  • VTDEC Updates CO2 Budget Trading Regulations  - 

    On August 31, 2018, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) updated its Air Pollution Control and CO2 Budget Trading regulations. The regulations became effective September 15, 2018.The following changes were made:Lowered the »

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  • DEQ Revises EIR Procedures Manual  - 

    On October 18, 2018, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality posted a revised Procedures Manual for Environmental Impact Review [EIR] of Major State Facilities (October 2018). The previous version of the manual was dated July 2013. Changes »

  • DEQ Proposes Revisions to Three VPDES Permits  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed to revise and reissue three General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits. The proposed language was published in the October 29, 2018 Virginia Register of »

  • DEQ Revises Regulations for Emissions Trading  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has revised the Regulations for Emissions Trading (9VAC5-140) and proposed them to the Air Pollution Control Board (APCB) via the posted agenda and minibook at the September 28, 2018 meeting. »

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Washington, DC

  • DOEE Proposes Updates to RACT Regulations  - 

    On July 27, 2018, the District of Columbia Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) proposed to amend regulations related to Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements codified in Title 20, Subtitle A, Chapter 8 of the Code »

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  • CREG Report Released  - 

    Folks who track what's going on in Wyoming government closely know exactly what the CREG report is… CREG stands for Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, and their report is what decision makers in Wyoming government use when they are trying to decide »

  • Legislative Activity from the Wyoming Joint Minerals, Business, and Economic Development Committee  - 

    The minutes from the November meeting of the Wyoming Joint Minerals, Business, & Economic Development Committee have been released. The Committee discussed several issues in preparation for the current legislative session including:Voting to sponsor »

  • Precedent for Produced Water Management?  - 

    The State of New Mexico and EPA have released a draft white paper titled "Oil and Natural Gas Produced Water Governance in the State of New Mexico". The 43-page document addresses the roles of different agencies in managing produced water from oil »

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